1-2: Jabe and Raffalo
This pair of awesome side characters, who tragically died in S1E2, were awesome. Raffalo was friendly to Rose, and seemed like someone worth getting to know, before she died to a murder-y spider robot. Jabe on the other hand is some sort of arboreal royalty and she died because the room was very hot and she is made of wood. She nobly sacrificed herself to allow Doctor Who to manually flip a lever, leading me to ask, why can’t the sonic screwdriver flip the lever for him?
Without a doubt, I would tune in to “The Outer Space Adventures of Jabe and Raffalo”
Gwyneth was a psychic. Anyone who met her probably knew that, because she was really bad at not saying things that she could only know from reading your mind. Gwyneth died because some evil alien things were trying to pretend to be non-evil ghosts, and they tricked doctor who into helping them get released. I think they murdered her, but she was able to help fight them off, even after she was dead. We mourn her loss.
4. Eva Sanjulien/Suki
Eva Sanjulien was an Anarchist and the last surviving member of the “freedom fifteen”. While everyone else on Earth or Satellite Five was being cowed by selective news coverage (or whatever that premise was), she knew that something evil was afoot, so she went deep undercover as Suki, ordinary denizen of satellite five, so that she could take out whatever evil lurked there. Approximately 12 seconds after we learn this insanely interesting back story, Eva is murdered by Simon Pegg and an alien whose name is too ridiculous to mention, and then turned into some sort of frozen corpse-ish computer user. Her tragic death will not be forgotten.
5-6. The Controller and Lynda Moss
The Controller is amazing. At age five, she was installed as a processing unit for Gamestation’s computers. She was an unwilling pawn of the Dalek’s attempted invasion of Earth. Realizing that only Doctor Who and Captain Jack could thwart the Dalek invasion, she figured out how to sneak them into crazy future game shows, so that they could take over Gamestation. The only flaw in her plan was that Doctor Who was not sufficiently awesome to thwart the invasion, and it seems like most humans died as a result. The Controller was teleported to the main Dalek ship and unceremoniously murdered for her anti-Dalek efforts. At least she is free of the prison of computer processing, now. RIP.
Lynda Moss was a contestent on the one billionth season of Big Brother (or something). When Doctor Who used hubris to escape from the Big Brother house, Lynda realized that she should also escape from the house. Unfortunately, Doctor Who didn’t really do anything that would actually help protect her from the Dalek invasion, instead putting her into a room that featured a giant window leading into space, which the Daleks easily shattered, killing her. Oh, and she had the opportunity to escape the satellite, but decided to remain behind, out of loyalty to Doctor Who. Her loyalty was her legacy, but not her salvation. We all grieve for her.
Honorable Mentions: Cathica, Diana Goddard, Nancy
These great characters didn’t die, but they might as well have, since we’ll never see them again, despite how awesome they were!
Cathica was a journalist on Satellite 5. She had a stargate in her forehead. She is actually the one who defeated the evil space monster, while Doctor Who was locked up in handcuffs. She stayed behind to help fix journalism for the fourth great and bountiful human empire (so chew on that, Aaron Sorkin).
Diana Goddard worked for some evil space trinket collector, and was awesome. I wish she got her own spin-off, using underpowered earth weapons to fight off insanely powerful monomaniacal killing machines (like the Sarah Conner Chronicles, I guess…wait, there’s a joke here. Sarah Jane Conner Chronicles? maybe. I don’t know).
Nancy was a lovable hard luck case on the streets of London, during the Blitzkrieg. She was taking care of orphans and urchins all over the place, and totally Robin Hooding her way into dinner (stealing from corrupt wealthy Londoners, to feed Oliver Twist et. al.). She also happened to be the “mummy” of the Empty Child, and she hugged her child so hard that it reprogrammed nanotechnology. She too was never to be seen again.
Doctor’s Note: I would have included Harriet Jones (MP for Flydale North), but I have heard that she comes back later, so she is not one of the season’s one-hit wonders.